Facets Quilt Along – Intro and Fabric Requirements

I’m ready to start my next quilt along featuring Facets, from my book Machine Quilting With Style. This is the quilt you all voted that was your favorite, and I’m so excited because it’s my favorite, too!


Facets by Christa Watson 63″ x 70″

The quilt along is a little bit different than the other quilt alongs I have shared in the past. You will need a copy of my book to participate. But that’s no problem, because I know that many of you have purchased your copies already (or received them as Christmas gifts).

Where to Purchase My Book

Machine Quilting With Style

Those new to my blog can pick up a signed copy of Machine Quilting With Style directly from me, or grab it here on Amazon for a super low price! It’s starting to show up in many local quilt shops, too, so check yours for availability. If you’d like to get a combo e-book + hardcopy, my publisher has a great deal over on the Martingale website.

Materials Requirements



  • 28 Fat Eighths of your favorite fabrics (or grab a fat quarter bundle of the Christa Watson palette if you want to make yours in the same colors as mine!). Or 3 1/2 yards of scraps.
  • 2 7/8 yards of background fabric (white in my quilt)
  • 1 1/8 yards for accent and binding (red in my quilt)
  • 4 1/2 yards backing
  • Twin Size Batting
  • Your favorite thread for machine piecing and quilting (I prefer Aurifil 50 wt.)
  • Creative Grids Rulers – Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers. (Be sure to get this brand as other rulers are not the right size.)

creative_gridsThe book includes templates if needed, but the rulers are easier to use!

Facets Quilt Along Schedule

Here’s how it will work: each Friday I will post an update with your “homework” here on the blog. You can share your progress anytime, in my Facebook group at Quilt With Christa. If you are not on Facebook but still want to share, you can email me a picture of your progress and I’ll share it in a roundup photo.

Because we are working through the book, no directions will be given here on the blog. However, I will share behind the scenes of the making of Facets and I’ll be your cheerleader to help you out as well as lay out your goals for completion week by week.

All links below will be clickable once that post has been published.

There Will be Prizes!

Each week you share your progress in my Fb group (or email pics to me), I’ll enter your name into one of three grand prize drawings at the end. So the more weeks you share, the more chances you have to win!

Three lucky participants will win the Grand Prize Pack – all three prizes per winner!

  1. A signed copy of my next book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, which releases April 19th. (And yes, I’ll get my co-author Angela Walters to sign it for you, too!)
  2. A charm pack of my Kona Designer Palette.
  3. A 1300 meter spool of Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread, in the color of your choice!

Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

You don’t even have to finish your quilt to be entered into the grand prize. However, everyone who shares a picture of their finished quilt by March 31 will be entered to win the BONUS prize – a jelly roll of their choice from The Precut Store.


And because I don’t want to leave anyone out, all participants who share at least one picture will win a PDF pattern of their choice from my pattern shop!

Sharing is Caring

If you’d like, you can save and share this badge on your blog or other social media and spread the word about my quilt along! You can share the image only, or link it back to this post.

Share your work in progress on Instagram with the hashtag #facetsqal


So who’s ready to join the fun? Grab a copy of my book, your fabrics and start sharing your pics!

19 thoughts on “Facets Quilt Along – Intro and Fabric Requirements

  1. Gina says:

    I ordered the book on Amazon over the weekend… hopefully it’ll be here by Friday, as they’re saying. I’m going to skip buying the rulers and try to get by using the templates provided in the book. And I’m hoping I can utilize fabric from my stash for this QAL…I love this pattern, and am excited to get started!

  2. Paula S, Pike says:

    Christa, where can someone find the charm packs? I looked online and didn’t see them on Kona’s site? Thanks for the help.

  3. nonniequiltingdreams says:

    Okay … I just read thru the directions and it said you have to use Creative Grids Rulers – Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers … What is the difference between those rulers and the 60 degree triangle ruler?

    • Christa says:

      I’m glad you asked this question! The 60 degree triangle does not form a square block, whereas the other two do. The perfect rectangle ruler is used for making half-rectangle triangles (hrt’s) and the triangle squared is a different measure of degrees (I forget what the exact measurement is). I hope that helps clarify as I’m sure others are wondering the same thing. 🙂

  4. nonniequiltingdreams says:

    I mentioned this in the TWILTER FB GROUP … in the past I made tons of IMPROVISATIONAL aka STING BLOCKS aka Crumb Blocks aka MILE a Minute BLOCKS and found the ones that held up best were sewn on to a stabilizer of some sort…. I use to use pelon but switched to WASH AWAY STABILIZERS …. the stabilizers added strength and resulted in a better ” made fabric.” My favorite WASH AWAY STABILIZER is RICKY TIMS STABLE STUFF since it can be used in multiiple different techniques … CT Publishing also has a similar product for applique and SOLVY has several products that work. YOU sew your scraps on … you can cut your shapes for your blocks… then add the patches into your block. THE products usually soften or disappear when you wash / block the quilt.

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